The export of used clothing to Africa is worth millions. But while the import business is responsible for creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, it also has negative repercussions on the domestic textile industry. African countries are therefore regularly taking steps to curb the import of used clothing. The logic behind this is that if the market for second-hand clothes becomes smaller, the demand for new items of clothing will increase – and the local economy will profit.
That is why Nigeria wants to limit the import of used clothing from Europe and the USA, as reported by Textilwirtschaft magazine. In an interview with British daily newspaper The Guardian, Director General of the Nigerian Textile Manufacturers’ Association (NTMA), Hamma Kwajaffa, explained that in addition to the import of second-hand clothes itself, the activities of smugglers, who imitate local brands and sell below the production costs of local producers, also poses a risk for Africa’s textile industry.
As well as Nigeria, the East African countries Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, for example, are also fighting against the trading of second-hand clothing to boost their own textile industries. However, they recently moderated their stance in the face of possible repercussions from the USA.
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